The first housing developer on the Bilston Urban Village site has been confirmed – and advanced works on the multi-million pound regeneration project are well underway.  Kier will begin work on 78 homes between Dudley Street and Carder Crescent in January as Wolverhampton City Council set about helping to deliver up to 500 homes on land south of the town centre and Black Country Route.

A total of £7.5million is being jointly invested by the city council and the Homes and Communities Agency. This will be in addition to significant private investment. Trees have been cleared, former factory floors are being broken up and the old railway embankment is being removed as the site is levelled.

The developed brownfield land will include extensive areas of open space, footpaths and a water feature.  Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “It is great to see advanced works underway on the Bilston Urban Village project.

“The scheme is moving forward at a good pace and the prospect of Kier starting work in January is hugely encouraging to people and businesses in the area. “The urban village will be a key part of the wider regeneration of the city, bringing new homes, new jobs and more investment. It demonstrates our commitment to Bilston and ensures it will continue to be a thriving area.” The first phase of Bilston Urban Village has seen the building of the Bert Williams Leisure Centre and South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy – improving health and increasing opportunities.